KaBOOM!, The Home Depot and Joe Gibbs Racing Build Playground in Las Vegas to Kick Off Second Year of Racing to Play!

Gaye Joy presents a check to Jeff Gordon and Laurence Hinsdale
Tony Stewart and members of the Joe Gibbs Racing team celebrate completion of a new ‘Racing to Play’ playground at the Salvation Army of Las Vegas. 
Gentlemen, start your…playgrounds?  That’s right!  The Home Depot, Joe Gibbs Racing, and KaBOOM! kicked off the second year of the Racing to Play program on March 9 by building a great new playground at the Salvation Army in Las Vegas.  Under bright sunny skies, more than 150 associates from ten local The Home Depot stores joined members of the Las Vegas community, crew members from Joe Gibbs Racing teams and special guest Tony Stewart to build a racing-themed playground in just one day!
 
The day began at 8:30 with an energetic kick off that sent volunteers to their teams excited and ready for a hard day’s work.  Within hours a great new racing themed playground was taking shape.  That’s not all, though!  Volunteers also constructed new picnic tables, benches, shade structures and painted a wall mural (designed by a local The Home Depot associate) – making it a complete playspace transformation.  The children also participated in activities during the day -- painting tiles, planting flowers and building #20 replica cars.  Click here to see a photo gallery from the day!
 
The day concluded with a 'board-cutting' ceremony in lieu of a traditional ribbon-cutting ceremony.  Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman and representatives from Senator Harry Reid's, Senator John Ensign's and Congressman Jim Gibbons' offices joined Tony Stewart and eight of his Joe Gibbs Racing teammates to dedicate the playground.  The loudest ovation was saved for Stewart, who thanked the volunteers for their hard work and congratulated them for making such a positive difference in the lives of children in Las Vegas.   As Jerold Shires, the #20 team's tire specialist, cut the board, the first 2006 Racing to Play build drew to a close. 
 
A partnership between The Home Depot, Joe Gibbs Racing, and KaBOOM!. Racing to Play is an initiative designed to make a lasting, positive impression in the lives of children who live in NASCAR race communities.  Now in its second year, the program will build nine more racing-themed KaBOOM! playgrounds in 2006 in the following markets: Fort Worth; Washington D.C.; Charlotte; San Francisco; Loudon, NH; Watkins Glen, NY; Dover, DE; Martinsville, VA; and Miami.  In 2005, more than 2,300 volunteers donated over 16,000 hours of service to build 10 Racing to Play playgrounds impacting the lives of more than 6,660 children in race markets across the country. 
 

Racing to Play is part of The Home Depot’s $25 million commitment to KaBOOM! to create and refurbish 1,000 playspaces in 1,000 days. The Home Depot provides financial support, materials and numerous volunteers as part of its ongoing commitment to give back to the communities its stores serve. By the end of 2006, The Home Depot and KaBOOM! will have built more than 500 new places for children to play across North America.